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25 | The Power of Habit Stacking
This week, I released a video 🎬 about Zurich and Switzerland 🇨🇭 - I talked about the 3 habits I learnt and why I want to go back, at some point when we're allowed to travel again.
Talking about habits, the first thing coming to my mind is the concept of Atomic Habits. These are regular routines that are not only tiny and simple to do but also the source of huge power; a component of the system of compound growth.
You can check out the book 📚 here but the key ideas are:
Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.
If we want better results, then we need to forget about setting goals. We need to focus on our system instead.
The most effective way to change our habits is to focus not on what we want to achieve, but on who we wish to become.
The Four Laws of Behaviour Change are a simple set of rules we can use to build better habits. They are (1) make it obvious, (2) make it attractive, (3) make it easy, and (4) make it satisfying.
Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behaviour.
I feel like we also need to be careful as habits are a double-edged sword. They can work for us or against us, so it's key to understand the details. ⚔️
According to James Clear, one of the best ways to build a new habit is to identify a current habit we already do every day and then stack our new behaviour on top. In other words, habit stacking. 📈
The formula is very simple; after [our current habit], we will [our new habit]. Some examples of habit stacking in the morning:
After I brush my teeth, I will meditate for 10 minutes.
After I meditate for 10 minutes, I will write my plan for the day.
After I write my plan for the day, I will start with the first task.
It's all about inserting new behaviours to some routines and once we're comfortable we can set some more general habit stacks such as "When I prepare a meal, I will always put 70% of vegetables on my plate first” or “When I buy something new, I will donate or give away something”.
This is a great way of building new habits and the method was created by BJ Fogg and widely covered on Tiny Habits. Feel free to have a look at his book 📚 here.
Have a great week and enjoy the content below!
🎯 This Week’s Quote
“We're talking about practice here, not plagiarism- plagiarism is trying to pass someone else's work off as your own. Copying is about reverse-engineering.”
Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
📝 This Week's Blog Post
For the last 3 years I’ve been travelling to Zurich more than 200 times. In fact, I spent 50% of my last 3 years there. In this post I want to share with you the 3 habits I learnt that changed my life. Welcome to Zurich.
Read more: 3 Habits I Learnt In Zurich
🎥 This Week's Video
Hey guys, in this video I'll be sharing some thoughts and lessons from my time in Switzerland. Welcome to Zurich.
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